The Text Of The Ban

Deiah v’Dibur, the online edition of the Israeli haredi rag Yated Ne’eman, has published a translation of the new (second) ban against Rabbi Nosson Kamentsky’s revised book, Making of a Gadol:

    Daas Torah
    BS"D, 14 Adar 5766

    On Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5763 a statement prohibiting the book, The Making of a Godol, was issued. Since a new book has now been printed with the claim that the matters that needed rectification were indeed rectified, after Hageonim Hatzaddikim R’ Y. Rosenbloom and R’ D. Segal examined the matters, this [claim] has been found to be untrue — kema’aseihu borishonoh kein ma’asehu be’achronoh — and therefore the ban remains in force.

    Yosef Sholom Eliashiv

    Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman

    Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz

    Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg

    Nissim Karelitz

    Tzvi Markovitz

    Chaim Kanievsky

    Shmuel Auerbach

    The Following Letter was Issued three years ago and reaffirmed now.

    Condemnation of the book "The Making of a Godol"

    We were appalled to hear from reliable talmidei chachomim about the distribution and sale of a book called The Making of a Godol, which is full of severely debasing remarks, derisiveness, degradation and hotzo’as sheim ra against several figures among gedolei horabbonim, the leading lights of Yisroel in recent generations and the rishonim kemal’ochim whose words guide the lives of all Beis Yisroel, whose elucidations of the Torah we imbibe and whose greatness, veneration and holiness are rooted in the hearts of all Jews with a fear of Heaven. This is what the book seeks to negate, by discrediting, disgracing and debasing their illustrious honor, which is also the honor of Hashem yisborach and the holy Torah, as explained in Rabbenu Yonah, Shaar 3, The Tenth Madreigoh.

    Moreover, the book casts doubt and creates confusion by infusing spurious opinions and incorrect hashkofoh regarding learning chochmos chitzoniyos and various types of literature, implying falsely that there is no contradiction to Torah study if certain approaches are followed, all in the name of gedolei Yisroel. By so doing it blemishes the proper hashkofoh that we have received from our rabbonim, gedolei hadoros, who raised loud and bitter cries, and wholly dedicated themselves throughout the last fifty years to the task of uprooting the terrible breach of blending external studies together with the pure study of our holy Torah as given at Sinai. Herein lies an awful danger, particularly for the young abroad, many of whom [in any case] face great pressure from their families and their environment in this matter and are liable to fall into the traps set by those who seek to distance them from the eternal springs of devoted Torah study.

    Therefore we hereby state our opinion that such an aberration cannot be tolerated in the holy nation of Am Yisroel and therefore this book is prohibited from entering kehal Hashem, whether by bringing it into the home, reading from it or dealing with it commercially, and every man of prudence who wishes to keep his fear of Heaven and purity of heart intact and is concerned to educate his family properly will keep it at a great distance from both himself and his household, with the realization that it poses a great danger to all who have a fear of Heaven in their heart. This is not a book of tales about gedolei Yisroel, but just the opposite. It is wholly filled with a chilling spirit that distances one from the true purpose in life that can have unforeseen and grave consequences.

    He who heeds our words will be blessed by Hashem Yisborach, and together with his household will rise to higher and higher levels of Torah and yir’oh, cleaving to the Tree of Life, the holy Torah, and will cover himself with the dust from the feet of gedolei hadoros, the conveyors of Torah, who pass it on for eternity throughout the generations until the arrival of the Messiah speedily, in our days.

    Upon this we have signed for the honor of the Torah Hakedoshoh, and the honor of the Chachomim and those who pass it on in purity.

    Yom Shlishi, Rosh Chodesh Kislev, 5763


    Yosef Sholom Eliashiv

    Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman

    M.S. Shapira

    Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz

    Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg

    Nissim Karelitz

    Tzvi Markovitz

    Chaim Kanievsky

    Shmuel Auerbach

    Shlomo Wolbe

The lesson from this? Haredi Orthodox Judaism and truth do not mix. If you write the truth, you will be banned – no matter what you have been promised by gedolim.

Our response should be clear and strong: Disinvestment from the haredi world and its institutions. Speak with your wallet and with your feet.

[Hat top: Calvin not Hobbes.]



Filed under Bans, Books, Haredim

6 responses to “The Text Of The Ban

  1. Jerome Soller

    This censorship is really disgraceful to the Jewish community. To become a Godol, I would think that these Jewish leaders of the past were capable of critical thought and did not always agree with the common practice or opinions of their time. G-d gave us intelligence to question and understand. They were not perfect (e.g., like Christians portray their saints), and they were not mindless (Golum-like) rabbi automatons. They were human beings with strengths and weaknesses. Had the Godolim (including Hillel and Shammai) been living today and published a book, Rabbi Eliashiv and his friends would likely have banned it.

    Smmarya, where can one order a copy of the new edition of the book? How much does it cost?


  2. formerlyfrum

    or get it here for $125 not $1550 they guy is asking on ebay.

    Did anybody read it to see what all the fuss is about

  3. pini dunner

    if anyone wants a copy please get in touch as i have a very limited number available for sale.

  4. Aengler

    Yo, dudes:

    How about a link so I can order the damned book? Why go to all the effort publicising it and then make it hard to order?

  5. pini dunner

    it is not possible to order it. there are 2 distributors. tuvia’s in monsey and me in london.

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